Turkey passes tough new security law, raising fears of election crackdowns

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 27, 2015 5:32 AM

By Jonny Hogg and Gulsen Solaker

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament overwhelmingly passed a security law on Friday to broaden police powers and allow the use of firearms against demonstrators, deepening fears of crackdowns on dissent ahead of parliamentary elections.

The legislation has sparked fierce criticism from opposition parties who say the ruling AK Party is becoming more authoritarian. Members of Turkey's restive Kurdish minority say the law could be used to target them.

(Reporting by Jonny Hogg and Gulsen Solaker, writing by Jonny Hogg; Editing by Daren Butler and David Dolan)